English: Demon King Daimao
Synonyms: Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Mao
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2010 to Jun 19, 2010
23 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.371 (scored by 69181 users)
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SynopsisAfter enrolling at the Constant Magic Academy, Akuto Sai discovers he's not just a gifted student with magical powers; he's destined to become the Demon King. And though he's not that crazy about the idea, it drives the girls wild! From the sexy school girls in his class to the skin-obsessed android who's programmed to seduce him, Akuto has no shortage of wacky girl trouble. How much temptation can a demon king take?
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou
Side story: Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou Specials
Characters & Voice Actors
If you expect anything more than a harem anime from this harem/comedy anime you're in for a bad time. The problem is that this anime serves up some plot faster than you can pop a pop tart which drag down the harem/comedy that starts out strong.
We can sum this anime up as quoted from a character: "I found the rest but I just can't find my panties[plot]." ...possibly because the plot is like air, its everywhere but you can't really see it, just feel it. Yeah I don't really get this analogy either.
What could have been a half decent harem/comedy anime with a semi interesting main character (because he's not the goody do-er that's overused in these types of anime) instead attempts to focus a little too much on overall plot which leads to its downfall. Though it bombards the viewer with girls of all types and interests leading to sexy scenarios with our MC, the overall plot keeps driving new developments that take away from the comedy and harem aspects that the first few episodes excel at. And obviously nobody is really watching this for the plot. So turn off that brain and watch a few episodes if that's your fetish. Otherwise there's better anime other there for either harem, or plot, and maybe a bit of both as well. (Sekirei, Familiar of Zero, Kampfer, World only God Knows, Rosario Vampire, etc). By better I mean, at least the pacing and the story are told better than this anime.
Story - Starts off strong. Rapid development after first arc is as unexpected as its unnecessary. Ending even more rapid than the middle episodes. The ending is so extremely rushed even the fans of the series audibly complained about how a second season could have been made out of the last 5-6 episodes alone.
Characters - Lots of characters. Character development on the four that stand out the most is actually decent. The bad: Rushed plot means extreme change with several characters that is so absurd and uninteresting that you'll lose interest in them..
Art - Some of the fight scenes were well animated. However, equally there were many scenes that were lazily animated as well (not talking about panty shots though).
Sound - Its fine, nothing special here.
Enjoyment - The most enjoyable parts of this anime were the first handful of episodes which was strictly more about harem/comedy than whatever the plot is supposed to be. The action was "ok". Generic at times and not very memorable.
OVerall: I would have given this a 5 if it only considered the first few episodes where the anime starts off strong. Unfortunately the last four episodes brought it down a notch with its pacing.
Watch this: There is a dragon named Peterhausen. If you'd name your dragon Peterhausen then you should definitely watch this.
Dont watch: There is a dragon named Peterhausen. If that sounds like a stupid name for a pretty awesome looking dragon don't watch this. read more
"That's why I decided not to think about anything anymore!"
That's a good one-line summary of this anime taken straight from the last episode. It's safe to say that the enjoyment of this anime is inversely proportional to the amount of plot stuffed into one episode. Simply, the more plot, the less fun. Ichiban is a harem anime. That means it doesn't exist to cater to the brain, and it doesn't. You should be aware that if you're going to watch this anime, then you're watching it for a good laugh, a small smirk, and moments where you can go "Oh Japan!" and laugh at what makes it onto millions of TV sets across seas. You will like the fight scenes, and you will never learn the characters names - you will refer to them by hair color.
The demon lord, 100 years ago, tried to destroy humanity. The demon lord was killed and peace resumed, and up until our story begins, nothing as terrible has happened since then. Here our protagonist is introduced, Sai Akuto. His goal is be someone of great authority who will lead people to lead righteous lives (the anime alludes to the Pope). He then meets Hattori Junko, or "the Blue one", and she and Sai hit it off and look like they're going to be great friends. Then a tweest. Sai Akuto is designated by the sorting hat, I mean, the Yata-Garasu, as the future demon lord! Oh no! Blue gets mad, challenges Sai to a duel, then tsundere love kicks into effect and then a robot (Green) comes out of nowhere and an invisible girl gets fingered (Red) all in one episode! Actually, the exposition was pretty awesome and I really enjoyed it... But... It is safe to say, that the plot of the anime was almost nil after the first episode. Eventually we have incestuous sibling love, the power rangers, ninja idols, time travel, pseudo-space and all other kinds of crazy stuff coming into the anime. I understand it's anime about magic where 'anything could happen because we are led into a mysterious world whose limits are not ever revealed' but I would like at least some boundaries. When the mysterious man who is awkwardly introduced tried to rape numerous protagonists with giant sea cucumbers, I could safely say that I no longer took the plot seriously. But that's okay. It's a harem.
Think Gurren Lagann fight scenes. Then turn it down a little bit and make sure that there is a lot more OVER 9000 and laser beams and is sped up about fourteen times. You now have a good idea about what fight scenes in Ichiban are like. Animation is superb, art is a little different. The art for me was a little too generic. It felt kind of like fluidity and motion were really nice but left more to desire when someone wasn't kicking ass. If you were to compare this to numerous other harem anime, it just doesn't seem to be much different visually. But that's okay. It has cool fight scenes.
Aki Toysaki does a really awesome job as Soga Keena (Red), but if you don't like her then I recommend turning the volume off, she gets a LOT of screen time, and talks a crap load. Aoi Yuuki (who voiced Mina Tepes from Vampire Bund and Noel from Sora no Woto) had a great voice too. She voiced a monotone character, but did a really job making it sound "not as monotone." I really had no affection toward the OP or the ED. But that's okay. They suited a harem anime very well, and maybe you'll like them because music is a developed taste.
I don't know whether to give this a 1 for about a million bland characters, or a 10 for Peterhausen the dragon who shoots fiery drills. The main cast is a pallet of fun (rimshot). Everyone is a different hair color and a different "dere" so they're easy to tell apart! That's where the harem anime has the most trouble in my opinion. A harem has set archetypal characters and refuses to create an original endearing woman. I'm not saying that any woman in this anime is poorly written. Each one is written with her character in mind, but never strays from what the textbook says. Red is an airhead, Etou (Purple) is masochist, Blue is tsundere, and Green is emotionless. All of them can be summed up in one word.
Sai Akuto is on the other hand, a very interesting character. The setting continually sets him up to be a bad guy, but somehow he always manages to do the right thing, whether people know he's doing it or not. The typical male protagonist in a harem always tries to avoid temptation, but without a clear motive as to why. For example, for some craaaazy reason one of the beautiful ladies has appeared in front of our protagonist naked.Our protagonist, who very often envisions this event happening, suddenly has an over-powering urge to avoid any sexually conduct with this woman. BUT WHY? She's beautiful, naked, and right freaking in front of you! This creates character inconsistencies, but where our protagonist differs, is that when he refuses the woman (which alas he does), he is still in character. In summary, Sai Akuto is a good guy, and no one can tell him otherwise. I like that. As for the rest of the other characters, they're nothing special. But that's okay. Sai is a really cool character you'll love to see on screen, and to boot he isn't a sissy wimp like a lot of other harem protagonists!
Even with so many things working against this anime, there are so many moments where you'll seriously just laugh. I enjoyed a great portion of this anime. The only problem I really had was with the plot. But that's definitely okay! I remembered that it was a harem anime and anyone who forgets this key factor should try to understand that a little bit of mindless humor is good once in a while.
Ichiban is not a memorable anime. It really has nothing worth remembering (except Peterhausen). It just follows a long line of other harem anime into oblivion. But hey, it's only 12 episodes, and it's a fun little anime. I'd say it's worth recommending, but not worth ask feedback on. The response you'll get will be "Well... It was a harem anime... I liked 'X female'" so on and etc.
But that's okay. Because it IS a harem anime and expecting anything more than that is just plain craziness. read more
A young male with almost no power (in our world) is actually the mao, demon lord. This is something both male leading characters have in common. They also have some sort of a sidekick and a female character that likes the main character, yet tries to fight him for some reason but grows to like him over time.
Both stories also have some sort of another female love interest that hangs around but this "love interest" is more obvious in Hataraku Maou-sama!
At the start, both male, main characters have little to no "Mao-power" but this...changes without the main character trying to achieve this. What happens next is up to you to find out.
Demon-lords adapting to a normal society, resulting in plenty of awkward (and funny) situations. Both shows constantly mix up comedy gags with more serious action scenes.
Both protagonists are very powerful demon lords who don't behave quite as everyone expects of an "evil" being.
Trying to live amongst humans peacefully isn't so easy when you're a demon lord.
Well in both series, the main male protagonist is considered a demon king/lord in the modern world. They have a strange (although with different interactions) in both series with the main female character. Additionally, there are also others who are interested in him for different reasons.
There is a lot of comedy, drama, and some obvious romance hints throughout both series. The main male protagonist often denies it or rather is dense about situations. Regardless though, they try to help their friends in various events and puts others above themselves.
There's also action with supernatural gags in both series as well.
A demon lord placed into an regular environment, even tho one is placed in a school and another in the general human public, it is very similar.
Both protagonist have hidden power and there very powerful demon lord
Both characters are or become Satin (the devil). Although for what ever reason both mains aren't really the evil ones during there series, and end up beating the angles who are ironically the antagonists, and end up trying to save humanity.
Through out both series there's great humor and character development, and the animation is really good, but watch out there is a slow start to both series and not that strong of a plot. These anime are mainly comedies with some action so head my warning, but don't worry they're both well done.
The main characters in here are known to be friendly demons who are living in the modern world and just enjoying their lives. Despite their friendly appearance, their powers inside of them are pretty dangerous and can be destructive in a sort of way. Nevertheless, they still have their chill personality inside of them and getting along with other people. Expect some romance, action, and magic.
Maou-sama tells the main character who was transported into the human world and blends in to help meets his goals. Daimaou is a fan service show and tells a story of a character that has a conflict for the next demon king in his future planning.
Both Ichiban no Daimaou and Hataraku Maou-sama! have a Demon King who doesn't fulfil his 'evil role. Ichiban has the main discover he is destined to become the demon king, however works towards a peaceful goal, whereas Hataraku has the initially evil and eventually settling on a peaceful life for himself.
Both series have the powerful 'hero' type female who opposes the demon lord, but necessarily act upon (kill) the demon lord for various reasons. If you like one series then you're bound to like the other, they are of a similar concept, but different enough to enjoy without feeling like you have already seen a part of the same series.
Both share the Demons/Angels/God theme, Ecchi, Action and the Main Guy ist not a total wuss, unlike in many other Harem Shows.
Both have similar music, graphics, both share demon as main character and similar style :) This is also ecchi/harem.
Harems, Demons, Ecchi and Kickass action.
What's not to like?
Same type harem deal. Both anime's deal with fan service and ecchi moments with silly over the top situations. Both of this watched side by side would greatly complement one another if you're looking for another series like this. ♥ヾ(＞ワ＜)ノ♪
Demons magic and lots of fanservice.
Both animes are quite similar in terms of the same atmosphere based on school and contains action,harem also ecchi but I would have to say Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou has more
Harem, ecchi, demons, magic.
And main character male have amazing power.
Demons, and fan-service, are the central themes on both of these series where it features characters, with supernatural abilities. Though, the characters in here are friendly, and mostly funny when the main male character interact with the female characters in a comical way. Expect some romance, magic attacks, and fan-service throughout the series.
High school DXD follows a perverted high school boy, who became a demon and help his friends reach their goal. Demon King Daimao follows a handsome high school boy who became shock about being the next demon lord, with his life became complicated.
Similar by Demons, the main Char in Ichiban is Bad Ass!
Opening Theme"REALOVE:REALIFE" by Sphere
Ending Theme"Everyday sunshine line!" by Natsuko Aso
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